If a company is unable to/won't pay you FAANG wages, they shouldn't have expectations that of those companies.
"Rockstar developers" don't even make efforts to apply to mediocre jobs. They already work at the aforementioned companies, or building their own stuff.
Never be ashamed of not wanting to jump through hoops for companies that claim they are building "the next big thing". Chances are they aren't, and also they don't understand supply-demand in HR terms. It's a sign of future failure.
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